IRIS - Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology

Program Description: The mission of the IRIS Consortium, its members, and affiliates is to: * Facilitate and conduct geophysical investigations of seismic sources and Earth properties using seismic and other geophysical methods. * Promote exchange of geophysical data and knowledge, through use of standards for network operations, data formats, and exchange protocols, and through pursuing policies of free and unrestricted data access. *Foster cooperation among IRIS members, affiliates, and other organizations in order to advance geophysical research and convey benefits from geophysical progress to all of humanity.

Year Started: 1984.

Organization Description: IRIS membership comprises virtually all US universities with research programs in seismology, and includes a growing number of Educational Affiliates, US Affiliates, and Foreign Affiliates. IRIS management is provided through a small staff headquartered in Washington, DC. IRIS facilities are primarily operated through member universities and in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey. A Board of Directors and several standing committees provide IRIS with advice on managing its facilities.

Data Description: IRIS programs include: Data Services (DS): A system for collecting, archiving and distributing data from IRIS facilities, as well as from a number of other national and international networks and agencies. As the world’s largest seismological data archive, its holdings exceed 100 terabytes of observational data which are open and freely available via the internet. Education & Public Outreach (EPO): A program that develops and implements a wide range of innovative educational and outreach products and activities to increase public understanding of seismology and Earth science. Regarded as a leader in this specialized arena, this program partners with other organizations to extend its impact on more diverse populations and wider audiences. Global Seismographic Network (GSN): A permanent network of over 150 real-time seismological and geophysical sensors that serve the scientific research and monitoring requirements of our national and international community. Providing uniform global coverage of the Earth, this program collaborates with more than 100 host organizations and seismic networks in about 70 countries. The Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Pool (OBSIP) : An instrument facility that provides ocean bottom seismometers to support research and further our understanding of marine geology, seismology, and geodynamics. OBSIP is funded by the National Science Foundation and is comprised of a Management Office (IRIS) and three Institutional Instrument Contributors - Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO), Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), each of whom contribute both instruments and technical support to the pool. Portable Array Seismic Studies of the Continental Lithosphere (PASSCAL): A program that provides and supports portable seismographic instrumentation for use by individual scientists or research teams for targeted experiments worldwide. On average, the program deploys more than 500 instruments annually, many to remote areas, and has facilitated more than 650 experiments since its inception. United States Seismic Array (USArray): The seismic and magnetotelluric components of EarthScope, a program that is exploring the structure and evolution of the North American continent at multiple scales. These state-of-the-art facilities are providing the foundation for integrated studies; engaging hundreds of scientists, students, and the public; and revolutionizing our knowledge of the Earth.

Project Type: Data Repository

Project Domains: Geosciences

No budget information

Federal Funding: NSF

Program Data

Location Lat/Lon Coordinates Location Type Data Type Data Generation Single Data Instance Size (TB) Estimated Daily Data Size (GB) Estimated Annual Data Size (PB) Average Sustained Throughput (Gbps) Maximum Sustained Throughput (Gbps) Online Repository Size (PB) Total Repository Size (PB) Delay Tolerance (minutes) Jitter Sensitive? Uses the Cloud?
Seattle, Washington 47.61,-122.33 Data Repository Data Not Specified 0.30000001 - -
International Research Center – Geodynamic Proving Ground in the Bishkek City (IRC-GPG) , Russian Federation 42.8747,74.6122 Data Instrument Not Specified - -